Message Tree – Albert Park Middlesbrough

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The message tree is a hawthorn. Before the park was create a Sailors Trod ran from Newport to North Ormesby.

Message Tree, Albert Park, Middlesbrough 

Its said that sailors left messages for each other under a piece of ironstone in the tree, which is still there with the tree having grown around it.

Message Tree, Albert Park, Middlesbrough 

I like the story, but having checked the first OS map of the area the only footpath seems to co-incide with the one currently running through the centre of the park with this location being in the middle of a field. Although there’s then a 30 year gap until the next OS maps when the park is fully layed out so its possible the footpath moved.

UPDATE 23/11/2011 :
Prompted by Mikes comments I overlayed the first OS map onto Google Earth by aligning points that still exist today, this shows the path running east-west exactly where Mike says south of the Longlands Club

This also puts the path further north in the park than I originally thought, but it still doesn’t run next to the tree.

More change in Redcar

Things are changing on a daily basis, so i’m recording anything I notice from now on.


Las Vegas Amusements have closed, become a “Virtual Shop” and had the signage removed


Tyne Tees Amusments is currently behind scaffolding and looks unlikely to re-emerge in this form.


Redcar Fire Station is currently being heavily modified with a new community centre being built onto the front.


The raised area between the Regent and the old site of Leos has been completely removed in preparation for the new sea defences.


Sir James Knott Lifeboat – Kirkleatham

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The Sir James Knott is an Oakley Class Lifeboat which was built in 1963 and served in Cullercoats and Anstruther before coming to Redcar between 1972 and 1985.

Sir James Knott Lifeboat Kirkleatham

DSCF0792  Sir James Knott Lifeboat Kirkleatham

After leaving Redcar the boat was part of the reserve fleet serving at Scarborough, Anstruther and Newcastle Co. Down. In total she was called out 122 times and saved 81 lives before becoming a museum exhibit in the early 1990s.